Illegal and abusive sex acts in Japanese games -- namely those featured in the U.S.-banned PC game "RapeLay" -- earned extra media attention for the Japanese sex-game genre this year. Now, the United Nations has stepped in and issued a formal recommendation, urging Japan to crack down on rape and sexual violence in games.
The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women encouraged Japan "to ban the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls," according to Anime News Network.
The Committee's findings came in response to an August 7 Japanese report regarding the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It criticized current Japanese laws for not adequately addressing virtual child pornography, citing what it called "the prevalence of pornographic video games and cartoons featuring rape, gang rape, stalking and the sexual molestation of women and girls."
Japan's government is currently conducting a three-year study of virtual child pornography within its borders, which the country hopes to use to shape future legislation.
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